After Don Tiburcio de Espadana checks on Maria Clara and gives her a prescription, Friar Damaso arrives and talks with her. The priest is introduced to Linares, and conjures up a plan to arrange the youth's marriage to Maria Clara. Meanwhile, Lucas is formulating a plan to harm Ibarra. Friar Salvi also has plans of his own.
Points of Note:
The scene where Friar Damaso tears up after seeing Maria Clara in such poor condition shows that still, he has a heart -- a father's heart.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: When Friar Damaso breaks down in tears, Friar Salvi observes him silently without saying anything. Explain.
Answer: Salvi hints that Damaso is Maria Clara's biological father.
Question: Although Friar Damaso is severely saddened over the ill condition of Maria Clara, he is suddenly in high spirits after seeing Linares. Why is this so?
Answer: This is a common behavior among foreigners who meet each other in a different land. They greet each other warmly despite disagreements in their home country.
Question: Why does Friar Damaso find it a positive trait of Linares to be effeminate?
Answer: He despises rebellious young men.